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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Are there moral victories for the Knicks?

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:32 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Rose drives to the basket past New York Knicks ' Jeffries during their NBA game in New York

    What you missed while adopting your girlfriend as your daughter….. Bulls 105, Knicks 102: Are there moral victories for the Knicks? They played hard on offense, they attacked the rim, moved the ball at key points and looked pretty good against one of the best defensive teams in the league. But this is the Knicks,…

  3. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks about passing Shaq

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Kobe Bryant on passing Shaq on the all-time scoring list (he’s just 69 points back): “It was inevitable.” Sorry, but that feud was more than…

  4. Tuesday And-1 links: Judge tells Allen Iverson to pay up

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). A judge has reached into Allen Iverson’s bank account to pay a jewelry store where Iverson bought more than $300,000 in bling but never paid…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: ‘Melo is back, Knicks cruise

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiel

    What you missed while getting arrested for attacking people and police with a toy light saber… Knicks 113, Pistons 86: Carmelo Anthony returned, he had 25 efficient points while playing his best game in weeks, and the Knicks cruise to an easy win. Coincidence? Well, kind of. This win was really about the Knicks defense…

  6. Stephen Curry admits his ankle is troublesome after games

    Jan 31, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    nba-lockout-curry

    Stephen Curry’s ankle was a lingering problem last season, so in the summer he had surgery to tighten the ligaments. But already he has missed eight games this season dealing with the same ankle. He’s been back he last four games now, so how’s it doing? Not as well as one could hope. He’s able…

  7. Video: the 5 most clutch plays of Derek Fisher’s career

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher isn’t the fastest point guard in the league, or the best passer, or the best finisher or the best ballhandler, and he’s not even much of a shooter off the dribble. What Fisher is a strong, physical guard who knocks down open threes, doesn’t make bad decisions with the basketball, a leader in…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  9. Hornets find some interest in Kaman trade, but not much

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman

    Chris Kaman is going to be sitting on the Hornets bench until he is traded. He could be sitting a while. The Hornets have gotten some calls from teams interested in acquiring the veteran center, reports the Times Picayune. That is different from saying those teams are making offers New Orleans has any interest in.…

  10. Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Jayson Williams

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.” Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.…

  11. Kevin Durant: “Who cares who’s better, Westbrook or me?”

    Jan 28, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Kevin Durant honestly doesn’t get why people think he and Russell Westbrook can’t coexist. They have had some friction, but so has every team that won a title. You think it was a bowl of cherries to practice with Michael Jordan? Durant genuinely could not care less who scores the most points, who gets the…

  12. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  13. Friday And-1 links: Would you bet on Giants/Knicks to pull a title double?

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). From Bovada.lv, some Super Bowl prop bets: The odds of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl and the Celtics the NBA title in 2012: 40/1.…

  14. Video: Painting Yao Ming portrait using basketball as brush

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    Yao Ming

    I find this fascinating — a woman paints a portrait of Yao Ming, in Rockets red (or China red, if you prefer), using a basketball as a brush. It’s technically impressive, and a good portrait. All sorts of questions here. Why? Is it better to use a synthetic ball because the paint adheres better than…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Learn about the Van Gundy brothers

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Tonight (Tuesday), HBO’s Real Sports will profile the Van Gundy brothers — broadcaster (and former coach Jeff) and current Magic coach Stan. They talk about…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Vintage Tim Duncan sighting

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets' Jack puts his head in his hands after being called for a foul during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    What you missed while getting that nail you didn’t know you shot into your head removed… Celtics 87, Magic 56: Don’t go overboard with any “the Celtics are back” hype yet, but they got a quality win in our game of the night. Spurs 104, Hornets 102: New Orleans loses a lot of games but…

  17. Michael Jordan is mentoring Gerald Henderson

    Jan 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan’s legacy as a “teacher” or someone who passed the game on isn’t exactly sterling. He pretty much killed Kwame Brown‘s soul, and has never been known to take a special interest in any of his players on the Wizards or Bobcats. Jordan is known to have ridiculously high standards, keeps a close circle…

  18. NBA admits refs missed a huge call at the end of the Pacers’ win over the Warriors

    Jan 21, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    George Hill, Darren Collison

    Kevin Love‘s big shot to beat the Clippers may have been the big story in the NBA on Friday, but there was another play near the end of regulation in the game between the Pacers and the Warriors that was just as exciting. Only with that one, the NBA admits the officials made a horrible…

  19. Friday And-1 links: JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Welcome to our look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son, even if her defense of him shows a few blind spots. As a parent, I can relate… except my kids…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s Bizzaro World night in NBA

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    What you missed while watching the Australian Open and thinking “I need to go to vacation there”…. Wizards 105, Thunder 102: Yes, you are reading that right. The worst team in the NBA (1-12 entering the game) just beat a title contender (12-2 before this started). It gets weirder — Oklahoma City shot 48.1 percent…

  21. It may seem like it, but lockout does not equal more injuries

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Curry injured AP

    You knew this would come — the talk around the league that the lockout and shortened training camps had led to more injuries, more sprained ankles and more traumatic injuries. anecdotal evidence seems to back that up. Al Horford is down for the season after surgery to repair his pectoral muscle Tuesday, a similar injury…

  22. Tuesday And-1 links: Portland’s sell out streak in jeopardy

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Welcome to our look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Portland’s 166 game sellout streak is in danger of coming to an end. Which speaks more to the condensed schedule and the economy than it does…

  23. Draft class of ’08 not getting many contract extensions

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Pop quiz: How many players out of the 2008 NBA draft have gotten the early extensions to their rookie deals as of now? Answer: One. Derrick Rose. That could change a little over the next 10 days — Jan. 25 is the deadline to do an early extension — but only a little. As David…

  24. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

  25. Monday And-1 links: Schedule wearing everyone down

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to our look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Is fatigue setting in for the Chicago Bulls? Maybe a little, but it is the same for every team. Yao Ming is getting into politics in…

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